Nutrition and Skeletal Health

Authored by: Carolyn D. Berdanier

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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The skeleton is a complex, metabolically active tissue that serves multiple physiologic functions. It comprises ∼8% of the body weight of an adult person’s normal weight. It serves as a reservoir for the macrominerals, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, yet its most important purpose is to maintain normal posture and locomotion by virtue of its hardness.

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